A crew of night shift workers in a middle America supermarket are picked off one at a time by a mysterious killer. Sometimes a simple premise is all you need to have gob-fulls of fun with bucket loads of blood; that’s certainly true in this case.
This is a film made by and starring the majority of the Evil Dead 2 cast and crew; Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, Robert Kurtzman, Scott Spiegel, Ted Raimi, Dan Hicks, Bruce Campbell and in a rare performance in front of the camera: Sam Raimi!!!
So how is Sam Raimi the actor? Actually really good! As a director he obviously possesses a certain instinct about how each scene should be performed, but that doesn’t automatically mean he should be able to do it. He is totally natural, very unaffected by the camera and has great comic timing. If/when you sit down to watch Intruder just wait for the delivery of the line “he lost his head”. Raimi lets this line fall out of his mouth in a very matter of fact way that is both hilarious and very cool.
But this isn’t just the Sam Raimi show (as good as that would be). It’s very much an ensemble piece. The cameo parts are played by the effects guys and the producers which gives a real DIY feel to the whole thing. Because of this it oozes fun. It feels like this rag-tag bunch of movie geeks were having the time of their lives making Intruder and it really shows. In fact if you were to tell me that this is how this bunch of people spend their weekends off, I would be completely unsurprised. This is what they were meant to do, and it is brilliant!
From a technical standpoint the film is extremely accomplished. The practical effects are harrowing in their realism; a body hanging from a meathook and a face being sawed in half are particular standouts. Also the camera work – Given the amount of insane POV shots you would think Scott Spiegel invented POV! We are shown angles from inside a trolley, inside a phone, a bin, a mop and a some dirt (just to reiterate……dirt POV) to name a few. The shots are unique and very funny and give the film yet another layer of blood-soaked originality.
My only slight niggle with the film is that it does take a while to get going. The initial setup seems like it had to be dragged out for 15 extra minutes just so that the eventual killing spree could remain lightning paced and the film could still have a respectable running time (88 mins).
Aside from that it’s a perfect saturday night gore-fest to share with friends, beer and pizza. Gather your closest film buddies and share a night of hilarity at the hands of several master film makers who can really bring out the humour in such things as eye impalement, head crushing and bodily dismemberment. That’s really funny stuff after all right?
Oh and as a final note if anyone can tell me the song that plays through Ted Raimi’s headphones the entire film, I’ll give you all the bonus points. It sounds like someone smashed up Mark Knopfler’s fingers with a ball hammer and then forced him to play Walk of Life!